Dhruba, Hayes and Watson impress

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Dhruba, Hayes and Watson impress
Morawij, ridden by Christopher Hayes, winning the third race on Friday.

Defending champion jockey Richard Mullen gave Mizbah every assistance to make all and prevailed by ten lengths in the opening race of the season, the 1950m Shadwell TB Handicap, the curtain raiser of the 2015/ 2016 season.

By Hisham Al Gizouli

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Published: Sat 31 Oct 2015, 9:28 PM

Dubai: Former champion trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam was over the moon when he saw his newly recruited jockey Christopher Hayes making all the running aboard Morawij to land the feature race of the season's inaugural event, the 1000m Derrinstown Stud-sponsored TB Handicap at Jebel Ali racecourse on Friday.
"Morawij will be bound for the Jebel Ali Sprint in March," the Jebel Ali-based trainer confirmed.
"I think Hayes did a very nice job on UAE debut," he added. "He's a very brilliant young rider who has won the Irish Apprentice Championship and worked for five years in India where he has made his mark in quality races," he said.
However, seven top sprinters have been declared for the race with Morawij being the choice of the public followed by Musabah Al Muhairi's duo, Fityaan (Dane O'Neill) and top weight Rafeej (P. Convertino) respectively.
"This is the start of the season and I don't think either of them has given his all," the Oasis-1 handler Musabah Al Muhairi said.
Defending champion jockey Richard Mullen gave Mizbah every assistance to make all and prevailed by ten lengths in the opening race of the season, the 1950m Shadwell TB Handicap, the curtain raiser of the 2015/ 2016 season.
"He's in great form and relishes Jebel Ali surface on which he has won before," said the winning trainer Doug Watson who has finished runner up to Musabah Al Muhairi on the trainer's table last year and was looking forward to go one better this time.
The second race, a 1600m Al Shafar Investment Handicap, was easily won by bottom weight Amaan under top Irish jockey Wayne Smith in the silks of Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance.
"He's in a very good shape," said the Green Stables' handler Erwan Charpy who had a great start to the season. "The horse is well handicapped and the fast pace was helpful," he added.
Former champion jockey Tadhg O'Shea rode his first winner for his new boss Ali Rashid Al Raihe aboard Mutahaddith in the fourth race on the card, a 1200m TB Handicap sponsored by Al Redha Insurance Brokers.
Trainer Doug Watson completed a double in the fifth race, Commercial Bank of Dubai-sponsored 1200m TB Handicap which was impressively won by Okimono under a strong drive of Patrick Dobbs.
The final race, a 1400m TB Handicap sponsored by Al Tal was easily won by Lanadam under Christopher Hayes, to make it a double for trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam in the silks of the patron of the venue Shaikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.



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